NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg, in his opening speech before the NATO Summit, explained the agenda items of the summit to the members of the press. Stoltenberg, Russia In his statement on relations withRussia’s We have seen its aggressive actions against its neighbors, Ukraine, Georgia, but also allies such as cyber attacks, hybrid attacks, poisonings. Our relationship with Russia is at its lowest point since the end of the Cold War. We are strengthening the defense and will continue to strengthen the collective defense. But we are also working on dialogue with Russia,” he said.
“Dialogue is a sign of strength, not weakness,” said Stoltenberg, “As long as we are united, we can talk to Russia as long as we are strong. President Biden will meet with President Putin, gun control is an important issue. We are one and this is the most important message to be sent to Russia,” he said.
“CHINA DOES NOT SHARE OUR VALUES”
Stating that China does not share the same values with its NATO allies, Stoltenberg said, “We see that China does not share our values. We have seen a crackdown on democratic protests in Hong Kong, which are persecuted minorities in the country. We’ve seen China use modern technology, social media, facial recognition systems to monitor its own population in ways we’ve never seen before. All this is important for our security and no country, no continent can handle it alone,” he said.
“We see that China has invested heavily in our critical infrastructure and is trying to control it,” said Stoltenberg. We see them in cyberspace, we see China in Africa, in the Arctic. We are not entering a new Cold War, China is not our enemy. “As NATO, we need to address it together,” he said.
“OUR SUPPORT TO AFGHANISTAN WILL CONTINUE”
NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg said: “We are ending our military mission in Afghanistan. However, we will continue to support the Afghan people and Afghan security forces. NATO plans to support them, and some NATO allies, including the United States and Turkey, are currently in direct dialogue. We will make sure we can provide an international airport in Kabul. Yes, we are ending our military presence, but we will continue to support Afghans,” he said.